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Situational Analysis | June 7, 2023

It's Wednesday and National VCR Day - remember those?

Also, today is actually the last day to file for municipal office, not yesterday, so get on down there and file. 

What You Need to Know

  • In a stunning move, PGA Tour agrees to merge with its Saudi-backed rival, LIV Golf. After news of the deal broke on Tuesday, the nonprofit 9/11 Families United blasted the PGA in a statement, accusing the organization of co-opting the 9/11 community. "Now the PGA and Monahan appear to have become just more paid Saudi shills, taking billions of dollars to cleanse the Saudi reputation so that Americans and the world will forget how the Kingdom spent their billions of dollars before 9/11 to fund terrorism, spread their vitriolic hatred, and finance al Qaeda and the murder of our loved ones," wrote the group's chair, Terry Strada.

Rapid Roundup


Honoring Living Color

Utah Business aims to bring awareness to the changing business landscape in Utah and create a foundation upon which further recruiting efforts can be built. Are you aware of an individual who has made it their mission to attract and foster diversity and inclusion initiatives throughout the state of Utah? Make your nomination by June 16.


Utah Headlines

Political news

  • 'We shouldn't have to deal with this stuff': Texts show House Republicans complained to UTA about Pride bus (KSL)
  • UTA addresses Pride Bus replacement following online commotion (ABC4)
  • Straight-party voting a ‘threat to democracy,’ top LDS leaders warn (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • State Sen. Todd Weiler calls for legislative action to address road rage concerns (KUTV)
  • Cache County Republicans set special election to fill clerk/auditor’s post (Cache Valley Daily)
  • Campaign signs are out months before a mayoral election. Do they even impact the outcome? (Salt Lake Tribune)

General Utah news

  • Man dead, police officer injured in Ogden shooting (KSL)
  • Officer shot, suspect killed after shootout during protective order violation in Ogden (KUTV)
  • Utah troopers give tips for getting out of situations involving road rage (KUTV)
  • Accused voyeur may have followed children for two weeks, police say (KSL TV)
  • Great Salt Lake boaters return as water rises more than five feet (Salt Lake Tribune)


  • ‘Heartbeat of the city’ brings farmers and businesses together (KSL)
  • A new CEO says employees can't work remotely after all, and they revolt (Wall Street Journal)


  • Holly Richardson: What does it mean to be a good human? (Deseret News)
  • Local woman works in Utah to help support school in Uganda (Fox13)


  • Utah Tech University included in network for support of first-generation students (KSL)
  • Rocky Mountain University honors past during ribbon-cutting for new headquarters (Daily Herald)


  • 'It's just so exciting': Dozens of large boats return to Great Salt Lake marina as water levels rise (KSL)
  • Shorebird surveys restart in Utah after 30-year hiatus (Herald Journal)
  • Calling all artists: Applications open for Zion National Park’s Artist-in-Residence program (St. George News)
  • Wildfires are burning at higher elevations across the West (UPR)


  • Be on the lookout for allergy test add-ons, Medicare fraud experts warn (Deseret News)
  • Seven months into Adderall shortage, expert offers advice (KSL Newsradio)


  • Seeking 10,000 new homes — key points in SLC’s new five-year housing plan (Salt Lake Tribune)

National Headlines


  • White woman who fatally shot Black neighbor is arrested in Florida (AP)
  • Over 400 Canadian wildfires spread an eerie haze across much of the Eastern U.S. (NPR)
  • Gunman shoots two dead, wounds five others at Virginia high school graduation (Reuters)
  • Instagram connects vast pedophile network (Wall Street Journal)
  • Chris Licht is out at CNN (New York Times)


  • Opinion: Who is the biggest winner in the debt ceiling agreement? (Deseret News)
  • Christie goes after Trump in presidential campaign launch, calling him a ‘self-serving mirror hog’ (AP)
  • Christie targets Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner: ‘The grift from this family is breathtaking’ (The Hill)
  • North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum launches long-shot bid for 2024 GOP presidential nomination (AP)
  • Angry over debt deal, conservative House Republicans tank a McCarthy-backed vote (NPR)
  • Political world braces for possible federal indictment of Trump (The Hill)

Ukraine 🇺🇦

  • Ukrainians make desperate escape from floods after dam collapse as shelling echoes overhead (AP)
  • Milley says fighting in Ukraine has increased and cautions the war with Russia will be lengthy (AP)
  • Ukrainians face homelessness, disease as floodwaters crest from destroyed dam (Reuters)
  • Destruction of Ukraine dam floods front line, cutting counteroffensive options (Wall Street Journal)
  • A Ukrainian zoo survived through war. The Kakhovka flood ended it. (Washington Post)


  • A boat carrying 180 Rohingya refugees vanished. A frantic phone call helped untangle the mystery (AP)
  • Opponents compete to square off against Venezuela’s powerful leader (AP)
  • A ‘dystopian nightmare’ unfolds in Sudan’s battered Darfur region (New York Times)
  • Prince Harry testifies on being ‘stalked for over a decade’ by paparazzi (New York Times)

News Release

Nine Salt Lake County programs win national recognition

The National Association of Counties (NACo) granted nine Salt Lake County programs 2022 Achievement Awards. These awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents. This year Library Connections at the Salt Lake County Jail was named Best in Category for Libraries. This is the first time Salt Lake County has received a Best in Category for Libraries award. 

Each year, NACo gives Achievement Awards in 18 categories that reflect the many services counties provide. “The Achievement Awards demonstrate excellence in county government and the commitment to serve our residents every day,” said NACo President Denise Winfrey. “This year’s winners represent some of the most innovative and collaborative efforts we have seen in over 50 years of presenting these awards.” (Read More)


Number of the Day

Number of the Day, June 7, 2023


Tweet of the Day

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  • Municipal election filing period — June 1-7 (unless using ranked choice voting)
  • Bolder Way Forward Launch — June 9, 9 am-1 pm, Zions Technology Campus, Register here
  • Interim Days — June 13-14, Utah State Capitol,
  • Bellwether International Symposium on Bridging the Religious Divide with the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy — June 16, 9:00 am-3:30 pm, Little America, Register here
  • Municipal election filing period for cities using ranked choice voting — August 8-15

On This Day In History

  • 1494 - Treaty of Tordesillas: Spain and Portugal divide the new world along a meridian 370 leagues west of the Cape Verde islands, off the west coast of Africa
  • 1843 - Susan Blow is born. She was an American educator who pioneered kindergarten
  • 1892 - Creole shoemaker Homer Plessy buys whites-only train ticket in New Orleans in act of civil disobedience - results in landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson (1896).
  • 1909 - Virginia Apgar is born. An American anesthesiologist, she developed the system healthcare providers use to evaluate an infant soon after birth - the Apgar score.
  • 1913 - The first successful ascent of Denali 
  • 1917 - Gwendolyn Brooks is born. She became the first Black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize.
  • 1954 - Alan Turing dies by suicide at age 41. 
  • 1965 - The Supreme Court of the United States decides on Griswold v. Connecticut, effectively legalizing the use of contraception by married couples
  • 1979 - Texas passes a bill becoming the first state in the nation to make Juneteenth an official state holiday
  • 1980 - The U.S. government dedicated its first solar power plant at Natural Bridge National Monument in Utah. The array of over 250,000 solar cells provided power to the park’s facilities.

Quote of the Day

"Truth-tellers are not always palatable. There is a preference for candy bars."

—Gwendolyn Brooks

On the Punny Side

A detective showed up at my house and asked me where I was between 5 & 6.

I told him kindergarten. 


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